Bent iPads: Apple says you are looking at it wrong

If the bend is less than the width of four sheets of paper it is

Or to put it another way, Apple reckons that up to 0.4mm of bend is okay. In iPad Pro cellular models, bands or splits are added to the side of the iPad to allow parts of the device to function as cellular antennas.

The document explains how every cellular iPad model undergoes a special manufacturing process called co-molding.

For those that don't really care how their iPad is made - a constituency which, let's face it, encompasses almost everyone - the executive summary is that the new cellular iPad Pro uses co-moulding to inject plastic into "precisely milled channels in the aluminium enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminium surface". "After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a seamless integration of plastic and aluminum into a single, strong enclosure", it says. The company notes that the flat edges of the 2018 iPad Pro make slight bends more noticeable to the human eye. The company reiterates what it said last month that the bends "do not affect the strength of the enclosure or the function of the product and will not change over time through normal use". Apple has conducted an investigation and says the iPad Pro's aren't bent - we're just looking at them wrong.

If you're already an iPad Pro user that relies on the Apple Pencil and are planning on upgrading to a new iPad Pro, then Apple has a nasty surprise in store for you.

See their blog post in full here.

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The support article is entitled iPad Pro unibody enclosure design, and on it Apple explains "how the enclosure is made and tested". And whether or not an iPad Pro bends to the extent exhibited by Zack Nelson in his viral JerryRigEverything review, one would hope that a product potentially running customers more than $1,000 doesn't come bent straight out of the packaging. In terms of performance and features, it probably isn't - remember tablets from both years run iOS 12 and all the same apps - but if you really like the new design or the new Apple Pencil and keyboard accessories, you might consider splashing out.

Though not as widespread as iPhone 6 Plus issues, in December Apple confirmed to The Verge that some of the 2018 iPad Pro devices were shipping with a slight bend in the aluminum body, which seemed to occur more frequently on LTE models where a strip of plastic covers the antenna.

It could be, of course, that your bent iPad Pro falls outside of these tolerances.

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